Former Havant RFC star Claffey helps Moneyfields complete league and cup double in first season of veterans football

Former Havant rugby player Sid Claffey played a major role as Moneyfields completed a league and cup double in their first season of veterans football.

By Simon Carter
Thursday, 17th June 2021, 9:44 am
Moneyfields Veterans. Back (from left): Steve Wall (joint manager), Luke Middleton, Gary Bickle,  Gavin Spurway, Robbie Pook, Paul Cartwright, Wes Chalmers, Paul Stanley, Louis Savage snr (joint manager). Front:  James Kerridge, Matt Jones, Warren Hunt, Ant Jeram, Louis Savage jnr, Ash Boyle, Sean Wain, Jamie Lacey (captain).
Moneyfields Veterans. Back (from left): Steve Wall (joint manager), Luke Middleton, Gary Bickle, Gavin Spurway, Robbie Pook, Paul Cartwright, Wes Chalmers, Paul Stanley, Louis Savage snr (joint manager). Front: James Kerridge, Matt Jones, Warren Hunt, Ant Jeram, Louis Savage jnr, Ash Boyle, Sean Wain, Jamie Lacey (captain).

Having recently claimed the Meon Valley Sunday League Veterans Division 1 title, Moneys - jointly managed by Louis Savage and Steve Wall - lifted the Portsmouth Division FA Vets Cup by beating Bishop’s Waltham on penalties at Westleigh Park.

Chaffey saved one of Waltham’s spot-kicks and another was missed as Moneys clinched the silverware with a 4-3 shoot-out success.

It was Savage’s second cup final win on penalties in as many months - he was in charge of Moneyfields when the club’s first team beat Baffins at Fratton Park to win the delayed 2019/20 Portsmouth FA Senior Cup.

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With regular keeper Lee Wain injured, Moneys started with Wes Chalmers in goal.

But he was replaced between the sticks by Chaffey – who played fly half for Havant RFC and was their regular penalty taker - with around half an hour to go.

‘We thought we’d give Sid a go as rugby players have big hands!’ quipped Savage.

Moneys had thrashed Waltham 8-0 in a league game a few weeks earlier, but were 2-0 down at half-time in the final.

Striker Paul Stanley, his side’s top scorer this season, reduced the arrears and the same player then saw a goal disallowed for a push.

Moneys levelled 10 minutes from time when Warren Hunt - a prolific scorer during his Wessex League days with Moneys and Sholing - converted a penalty.

Hunt, Anthony Jeram and Stanley scored three of Moneys’ first four spot-kicks in the shoot-out, with Sean Wain seeing his effort saved.

But after Waltham had missed twice, Chalmers stepped up to seal Moneys’ league and cup double.